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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,451
Reviews: 1,431
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 697
Gots: 1,580 | FT: 140
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

bleedsblu, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

clegolfski, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

2008 vintage

A- Pours a dark brown color with shades of tan throughout. Produced a fingers width of cream colored head. Reduced to a thin, foamy ring around the glass.

S- Bourbon, oak and sweet malts. Little bit of caramel. The aromas meshed very well together.

T- Upfront notes of bourbon and sweet malts come through. Complexity is added with caramel and oak barrel flavors. Finishes with great cohesion: bourbon, sweet malts attributable to wee heavys, and a bit of caramel.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Could have used more viscosity.

D- Very drinkable. The bourbon was there, but very mellow. No alcohol heat for big beer.

Overall, a very nice beer. Recommended.

rhinos00, Apr 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Wolberjs, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Stevebeergeek, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a dark copper almost brown color with a small head that disappeared quickly.

Aroma is strong with Bourbon with some sweet vanilla and caramel notes. Taste also has a lot of bourbon flavor along with some sweetness. There is some vanilla and caramel much like the nose but also a hint of coffee or a latte in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and and light on carbonation. Drinkability is probably as good as it can be for a 10% beer that has a lot of bourbon flavor. I enjoyed one but couldn't drink this on a regular basis or more then one in a sitting. An enjoyable treat though none the less to have on occasion.

billab914, Dec 05, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

jtrockchalk, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

imduffman, Dec 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

fossage78, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Jzmhector, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

etreesh, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

backbaybrewer, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

valianes, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

SteveTheBrit, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

RViator325, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

salinasa, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a four pack of this on my recent excursion to the Wisconsin wonderland.

Poured a very dark nearly black body with a light tan head with some lacing

Nose is different. At first I would have called it pond water. As the beer sat out, it brought forward a sweet malty aroma. Vanilla also comes into the mix.

Taste and mouth feel were the two carrying factors for this beer. I enjoyed the sweetness and malt up front. As the beer goes down the throat it has a rather bitter finish. Also noticed some caramel and very little spice. Overall, this was quite nice. One of the best Scotch ales I have had. This one was way heavy not wee heavy due to alcohol. I don't think they are usually this strong!

daledeee, Nov 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

KAF, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours a dark brown with a red hue. Light head graces the top of the beer. Some small bubbles slowly rise to the surface of the beer. Seems to have light to moderate carbonation. Nice ring of lacing around the glass.

Two things really stand out to me when I smell this beer, big malt and big hits of bourbon. The oak makes its way in there too, contributing obviously oak and some vanilla. Malt is very sweet smelling , with some light aromas of dark fruits.

This is a sipper for sure. Pretty boozy. Right up front I get hit with bourbon and oak. The malt comes in to provide some balance with the alcohol, but doesn't cover it up enough. Fairly sweet malt that reminds me of chewy caramel. Finishes with a healthy dose of warming alcohol. If there are other flavors, they are covered up by the bourbon and oak.

Low carbonation and medium to full body.

Enhances with warming up, bourbon mellows out a little bit. I enjoy bourbon aged beers, but they're not my favorite. I can tell which ones are quality and this is one. Will be anxious to see how this beer drinks with some age on it.

ahq514, Nov 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

hannydawg, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, murky brown in color like some skanky swamp water. Not much of a head, just some thin off-white bubbly murk. Very little spotty lacing. The look of this brew is very befitting the name.

S - As soon as I poured this brew, I could smell bourbon just pouring from it! Serious bourbon. I haven't smelled a beer this Bourbonny in my beer drinking experience. There are also some sweetish caramel notes and it seems like you can almost smell the oak.

T & M - Very boozy tasting...the bourbon is a huge component in this one. You can certainly pick up the oak notes and that same sort of caramel malt touch in it, but the bourbon is center stage in this production. Seems maybe a bit lacking in body, a bit thin. What it lacks in body is made up in smoothness though. This is a silky smooth bourbon brew that ends with that alcoholic snap at the end.

D - If you like bourbon barrel brews, you'll fall in love with this as soon as you pry the cap off the bottle. You do have to appreciate bourbon to be able to drink more than one in a sitting though. All in all, Founders did not let me down here. This is a very solid brew and well worth the try.

drizzam, Dec 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

beertardis, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a rather small, fleeting, off-white head.

Smell: A sturdy, sweet-scented caramel maltiness with a hint of maple. Oh, and with a rich, distinct bourbon barrel aroma, but you already knew that, right?

Taste: Sweet, sugary caramel maltiness with an added dose of maple syrup. Small touch of fruit. Full, punchy bourbon barrel tastes of vanilla and toasted oak wood. Light tannic astringency. Earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Pleasingly sweet, bourbony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, it's quite good. Potent, sure, but good! If ever anyone has some extra bottles of Backwoods Bastard they're looking to get rid of count me in.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

TCaldwell, Aug 07, 2012
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
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